2011 National Yoruba Youth Convention

Awakening the spirit of patriotism and selfless service among the Youths: U.S.A July 21st to 24th 2011

Greetings from the Yoruba Youth Corporation! We are proud to announce once again that the Yoruba Youth Corporation (YYC) in collaboration with other Nigerian socio-cultural organizations in North America that includes the Nigerian Frontier of America (RI) and the Nigerian Community Rhode Island will be hosting its annual National Youth Convention celebrating Nigerian culture and traditions. The theme for this year is “Awakening the spirit of patriotism and selfless service among the Youths.”

The convention will be held from July 21st-23rd, 2011 in Providence City, Rhode-Island, U.S.A. We have chosen this theme, as this is a particular time of change and transition in Nigeria. Not only is the country growing economically--we are now the second largest economy in sub-Saharan Africa-- but we are about to undertake second democratic elections. As an organization, we feel it is important that the youth take part in this process, hence we have chosen to bring together like minded Nigerian youths, to discuss and find ways to be involved in the process, both individually and as an organization. We hope to educate our youths all over the world about the significance of our rich heritage.

The Yoruba Youth Corporation (YYC) is an organization for young people whose aim is to promote the Yoruba heritage by creating an environment for peer to peer interaction. YYC wants to inspire our members to lead a successful, fruitful, and culturally awakened life through mentoring, tutoring, and scholarship. We would also like to introduce YORUBA LANGUAGE and culture into junior colleges.

The theme of this year’s convention is ““Awakening the spirit of patriotism and selfless service among the Youths.” We are inviting guest speakers and important dignitaries who have shown exemplary passion in the act of giving back to friends, family, community, country, nation, continent or the world in general, to come and share their experience, joy, passion, the obstacles they faced and the rewards of selfless service. We want to use this opportunity to encourage the youths to spend time, thinking about the less fortunate and also how they can help make the world a better place by a (any) simple act of service to another individual or entity, Jesus said “Love your neighbor as yourself” and John F. Kennedy said “ask not what your country can do for me but what you can do for it” We (Yoruba Youth Corporation) think these two statements are what will guide the next generation to the golden age and we are asking you to join us in propagating this notion and movement

Although our target audiences are Yoruba youths, this year we have decided to open the conference to all Nigerian youths to foster unity among all from other geo-political zones in the country. This year’s convention creates an avenue where youths can be oriented on the need to be self-less and patriotic to their motherland Nigeria. This notion is especially important for Nigerians in the diaspora, remembering that distance should not lead to ignorance. We as the youths are the future of this great nation.

We expect about a thousand people to attend and participate in the four day event. Last year’s event attracted highly esteemed dignitaries from Nigeria, as well as the United Kingdom. Some of the distinguished guests included Governors of Lagos, Osun and Ondo State their excellences Babatunde Raji Fashola, Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Dr.Olusegun Mimiko respectively. Immediate past Minister of information Professor Dora Akunyili, Mayor Brenda Lawrence of Southfield (The First Female African American Mayor in Michigan), Honorable Kyrian Nwagwu (The First Nigeria and African born Elected official in the state of Michigan, U.S.A), Chief Adeola Odusanya (Former President Egbe Omo Yoruba of United States), Honorable Sunday Omoyemi (President of Yoruba American Community) Asiwaju Temidayo Israel and, Balogun Temitope Omotayo,( Vice Chairman National Council of Yoruba Youth & Co-Founder Wazobia Network USA) amongst others.

Not only did we attract attendance by such dignitaries, we also had the pleasure of working with and receiving sponsorship from the Lagos State Government (Babatunde Raji Fashola) ,Ondo State Government (Olusegun Mimiko), Moremi Foundation, Egbe Omo Yoruba North America, Young Diaspora Organization(Asiwaju Dayo Israel), City of Southfield Michigan(Mayor Brenda Lawrence), City of Lathrup Village(Kyrian Nwagwu), Olamild Entertainment, African Mirror. All these entities collaborated with us in the past to make our previous convention a success.

This year’s convention hopes to invite special guests from Nigeria, the United States, the Europe and other parts of the world. These guests will include prominent leaders in key positions within the Nigerian government, famous artists from our bourgeoning entertainment industry creating an invaluable networking opportunity for our attendees. We will also honor those individuals and corporate bodies who have dedicated themselves to the development of Nigeria.

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